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It is important to catch dental problems early. Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. But left undiagnosed and untreated, a dental problem can develop into a much more

Therapy

  • Wave Mouth

    Dr. Rhiannon Fenton, DVM

    Wave Mouth

    Figure B - Wave mouth of premolars and molars, which will not slide smoothly back and forth thus creating restrictions in flexion and extension throughout the body.

  • Bit Seat

    Dr. Rhiannon Fenton, DVM and Sara Twickler, EqNBD

    Bit Seat

    Outlined in red is demonstration of a bit seat creating a gap in contact between the premolars. The horse relies on the ability of ALL teeth to make as much surface area contact with each opposing tooth above or below without any gapping. Remember, each tooth is the calcified ending of a nerve. The entire tooth needs to touch its opposing tooth in order to have that synapse and “spark plug” type effect previously discussed. The meridian chart (Page TK) reviews which organs, muscles, joints, etc., will be negatively affected by a bit seat or gap being created in any tooth.

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